Friday, September 17, 2010

GA - Lead plaintiff removed from sex offender registry

Original Article

This is great news! I am so happy for her, congratulations!

09/17/2010

By Bill Rankin

A 31-year-old woman who was the lead plaintiff in a high-profile federal lawsuit that sought to overturn Georgia’s sex offender law is no longer required to register as a sex offender.

A recent court order relieved [name withheld] of the requirement, which severely restricts where offenders can live or work.

I’m so glad this is over,” she said Friday. “It’s been a torment, a struggle. … I am so relieved that this horrible roller coaster is finally ending.”

Georgia's registered sex offenders cannot live within 1,000 feet of child care centers, schools, school bus stops, swimming pools and other places where children congregate. It places similar, though less severe, restrictions as to where they can work.

In 2008, [name withheld] had to obtain a court order to prevent her from being removed from her home on Thanksgiving because deputies had determined she was living within 1,000 of a church with a child care center.

Lawyers for the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta said they picked [name withheld] as the lead plaintiff in the 2006 federal suit to show that the sweeping registry law was too onerous.

This is someone who was not a threat to anyone and did not deserve the public humiliation of being placed on the state’s sex offender registry for 12 years,” Sarah Geraghty, a Southern Center senior attorney.

[name withheld] was convicted of sodomy, then a felony, for having consensual oral sex 12 years ago with a fellow high school sophomore on school property. She had just turned 17; he was three weeks short of his 16th birthday.

If [name withheld] had committed the same act today, she would not have to register as a sex offender. The Legislature has since passed the so-called “Romeo & Juliet” statute, which makes such an offense for teenagers of like ages a misdemeanor.

[name withheld], who lives in Thomson, was released from the registry because of a law enacted this past session of the General Assembly.

It allows certain designated sex offenders, such as those who were convicted of offenses now considered misdemeanors, to petition a Superior Court judge to gain their release from the registry.

Other exceptions are allowed for offenders convicted of kidnapping or false imprisonment of a minor and whose crimes did not involve a sexual offense, and disabled or incapacitated individuals, such as elderly offenders living in a hospice.

All those applying for exceptions must convince the judge they do not pose a substantial risk of committing any dangerous sex offenses in the future. In [name withheld]’s case, McDuffie County Judge Roger Dunaway Jr. made such a finding.

The federal lawsuit is still pending before Senior U.S. District Court Judge Clarence Cooper in Atlanta. Its primary challenge is against the residency restriction that requires sex offenders to live more than 1,000 feet away from school bus stops.


Most Favor Jailing Sex Offenders Indefinitely

Original Article

See the video for my thoughts.

09/16/2010

Seventy-one percent (71%) of Americans say corrections systems should be allowed to hold sex offenders indefinitely if they believe the offender will strike again, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

Just 15% think corrections systems should not have that power. Another 15% aren't sure.

Similarly, 72% of Adults say the names of convicted sex offenders should remain on a public registry even after they have fulfilled their sentences and parole or probation periods. Sixteen percent (16%) disagree, and 12% are undecided.

Americans overwhelmingly favor public registries for sex offenders like the ones that are now standard in all 50 states. Eighty-three percent (83%) support such registries, with only seven percent (7%) opposed.

The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on September 13-14, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

But adults waver when asked about cases involving teenagers of a similar age. Sixteen is the legal age of sexual consent in most of the country, but it can run as high as 18 in some states.

Thirty-nine percent (39%) of Americans agree that it should be against the law for a 17-year-old boy to have sex with his 15-year-old girlfriend. Forty-seven percent (47%), however, do not think such a relationship should be illegal. Fourteen percent (14%) are not sure.

Yet only 11% believe a 17-year-old boy who has sex with his 15-year-old girlfriend should be listed on a sex offender registry. Eighty-one percent (81%) oppose such a listing.

Women believe more strongly than men that corrections systems should be able to hold sex offenders indefinitely if necessary and that offenders should stay on a public registry even after satisfying their legal sentences.

Adults with children living with them are more likely to favor stricter consequences for sex offenders than those without children in the home.

Eighty percent (80%) of Americans believe parents should teach their children about sex. Just 11% think it's up to the schools to teach them.

Eighty-eight percent (88%) believe children are being exposed to more sex and violence today than they were 25 years ago.

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TN - Just Busted Magazine Sued For Sex Offender Listing

Original Article

Good, I hope he wins every bit of the money, and they are forced to stop their magazine!

09/17/2010

The magazine "Just Busted" that prints photos of recent local arrestees has been sued in connection with one listing under sex offenders.

[name withheld] is asking $200,000 in damages.

He also asked that a retraction be run for the next six months.

The suit says he was pictured in the Aug. 3 edition of Just Busted under the heading “SEX OFFENDERS NEAR CARVER OUTDOOR POOL."

His attorney, Robin Flores, said he had been taken off the Sex Offender list on July 28. Pamela E. Beck, a TBI Sex Offender Registry official, "notified plaintiff that he was no longer listed on the Sex Offender Registry as required by the Tennessee Sexual Offender and Violent Sexual Offender Registration, Verification and Tracking Act of 2004," it was stated.

The suit says, "A person listed in the Registry may apply to TBI and is entitled for removal from the Registry and no longer register as a sex offender in Tennessee if such person has not has not been convicted of any additional sexual offenses or violent sexual offenses during the 10-year period and that such person has substantially complied the Act."

It says, "Plaintiff had actively worked over the past several years to rehabilitate himself including participation in the Eastdale Community Center, worked on three films about fifth graders, one included Plaintiff’s grandson, in their active participation in politics and the importance of youth’s participation in citizenship on the local and national level. This work resulted in a letter from President Obama to plaintiff’s grandson congratulating the grandson on his work."

"Plaintiff had the help and assistance of one state representative, two professors from Chattanooga State College, and two friends (Greg Walton and Robert Johnson) in the production and development of these films."

"The acts and omissions of the defendant directly resulted in plaintiff’s loss of the level of assistance from Walton and Johnson, diminished plaintiff’s standing in the community, and places in jeopardy the success of plaintiff’s film efforts."

"The acts and omissions of the defendant directly led to plaintiff’s mental anguish."


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NH - Sex offender can't attend church

Original Article

09/17/2010

CONCORD - The New Hampshire Supreme Court has denied a sex offender's request that he be allowed to go to church with a chaperone.

[name withheld] of Manchester was convicted in 2002 of possessing child pornography. Though a condition of his release is that he have no contact with children, he had asked to attend Jehovah's Witnesses services chaperoned by a church elder.

The state Supreme Court on Friday agreed with a lower court ruling denying that request. It said the probation condition does not violate [name withheld]'s constitutional rights to religious freedom and that [name withheld] can still practice his religion in other ways.

[name withheld] also served time when he was 17 for molesting a young male relative and again when he was older for assaulting adult women.


OK - Satanic Group Says They 'Don't Deal with Sex Offenders'

Original Article

So Satan is also buying the sex offender moral panic? I would have never guessed! LOL!

09/17/2010

By Jacqueline Sit

OKLAHOMA CITY - A Satanist group that planned to have a mock exorcism at the Civic Center downtown is now deeply divided after one of the founders was expelled from the church because he's a registered sex offender.

"The show will go on," said James Hale, co-founder of the Church of the IV Majesties. "The former Dark Overlord made up his name and when I did a search on his real name, I found out he's a sex offender. We Satanists don't deal with sex offenders."

The former Dark Overlord,who went by an alias Adam Smith but was identified by Hale as [name withheld], called the city's office to cancel the event on Tuesday, according to a city official.

Hale said [name withheld], who is also the web master for The Church of the IV Majesties, stated on the group's website, "The Church of the IV Majesties has been dissolved and the show has been canceled."

"He's trying to ruin everything for everybody. We're not going to let that happen, you know," Hale said.

But since the leasing contract for the event wasn't signed by [name withheld], Hale has confirmed the satanic event will continue as scheduled on October 21. However, Hale said it may be postponed if there isn't enough funding for the exorcism.
- Why not October 31st?

Court records show [name withheld] is a registered sex offender in Oklahoma. His offense was sexual battery of a person over the age of 16, committed in Pottawatomie County.

[name withheld] has satanic tattoos all over his body, according to the Department of Corrections.

[name withheld] could not be reached for comment.

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It's the Law: Government Agencies, Schools and Universities Mark Constitution Day

Original Article

This is good, but as long as we have people in office who do not obey the Constitution, like they SWORE to do, it means nothing. We need to start raising hell to those in office about disobeying their oath and the Constitution.

09/16/2010

Across the country on Friday, institutions of education -- from the largest universities to the tiniest one-room schoolhouses -- are celebrating Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, offering educational programs about the Constitution of the United States on the 223rd anniversary of its signing.

From Columbia University in New York to the University of Arizona; from Montclair State University in New Jersey to the University of California-Berkeley; in public schools from Los Angeles to Dearborn, Mich., to Portland, Me., schools and universities that receive federal funds are educating students and faculty about the document, signed in 1887, that provides the framework for the United States of America.

They have to. It's the law.

In 2004, at the urging of the late Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia, Congress passed a law designating Sept. 17 as "Constitution Day and Citizenship Day."

The day has its origins in 1940, when Congress passed a joint resolution authorizing President Franklin D. Roosevelt to decree the third Sunday of May as "I Am An American Day," recognizing those who had attained American citizenship. That resolution was repealed in 1952, when Congress passed a law moving the date to Sept. 17 and renaming it "Citizenship Day."

Fifty-two years later, Byrd's law added two requirements:

  1. The head of every federal agency must provide each employee with "educational and training materials" concerning the Constitution;
  2. "Each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program" on the Constitution on Sept. 17 each year.

So . . . how are we doing? By all appearances, the law is being obeyed.
- I don't think so. Government agencies, politicians and many others disregard the Constitution on a daily basis.

At Columbia University -- attended by Founding Fathers Alexander Hamilton and John Jay -- students can pick up a free pocket copy of the Constitution.

They also can visit the university's Rare Book and Manuscript Library, which includes several documents related to constitutional reform, including Jay's original draft of essay No. 5 of the Federalist Papers and letters he wrote to Hamilton and George Washington.

Several events are planned at the University of California-Berkeley, where students have been invited to attend a free seminar on "The Free Speech Movement and the Constitution."

Fairfield University in Connecticut will show a series of videos pertaining to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights; deans and professors at the University of Arizona will review key U.S. Supreme Court cases; students at Morehead State University in Kentucky will participate in SeptemberFest next week to "celebrate democracy" and America; and Harvard University will provide free copies of the Constitution at two libraries on Friday.

Some celebrations of the Constitution have already occurred, including those at Montclair State University, where students began celebrating the event on Tuesday with the stitching of the National 9/11 Flag, as well as expert panel discussions aimed to inform students about the relevance of the Constitution today.

Students also saw a procession of bagpipes, representatives from local fire departments, university police and student veterans take part in the ceremony.

Carolyn Jones, a campus coordinator for the American Democracy Project, which seeks to further engage students politically, attended the event and said feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

"The goal was to help [students] really capture the Constitution as part of their lives today," Jones told FoxNews.com. "It was relevant for our students. It was not in a lecture format but in a presentation format. The feedback that I've gotten has been overwhelming. People learned a lot from the panels, but they also were able to recapture the Constitution."

The president and student body president of Texas A&M University jointly signed a proclamation Thursday in support of Constitution Week in cooperation with the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The school's Constitution Day activities were to kick off Friday afternoon with the playing of patriotic music on the university's carillon, and exhibits focusing on the Constitution will be located all week at three campus libraries.

The University of Phoenix created a Constitution Day website that includes a letter from the school's president on the importance of Constitution Day, links to information on the Founding Fathers and a historical overview of the Constitutional Convention. The website also features a link for students to register to vote.

In Washington, the various departments of the federal government also appear to be in compliance with the law.

All Justice Department employees have been invited to attend a speech -- "If Ours Is a Living Constitution, Whose Job Is It to Keep It Alive?" -- given by constitutional scholar Laurence Tribe, who also serves as the DOJ's senior counselor for access to justice. Thomas Perez, assistant attorney general for the DOJ's civil rights division, was scheduled to deliver the Constitution Day keynote address at Oberlin College in Ohio on Thursday night.

At the Department of Labor, as she did last year, Secretary Hilda Solis will send an email to all department employees that includes links to constitutional facts and information, to "remind employees" about the anniversary, a department spokesman told FoxNews.com. Other social media elements may be included as well.

Treasury Department workers will receive an email reminding them of the anniversary and to provide them additional resources, spokeswoman Sandra Salstrom said.

In 2006, the the Department of Homeland Security's Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties developed a 25-minute tutorial to remind all DHS employees of the historical context in which the Constitution was written, the basic framework of the Constitution, a description of the Bill of Rights, and quotes from significant American leaders on the importance of the Constitution. The Department makes this tutorial readily available to all employees on Constitution Day.

In addition, DHS leadership is participating in naturalization ceremonies across the country. Secretary Janet Napolitano was in Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday to naturalize 5,000 new Americans, and additional ceremonies will continue through next week.

The U.S. Postal Service plans to display an American flag at all 34,000 facilities nationwide, as it does every day. "We have no additional plans to recognize or celebrate tomorrow's commemorative date," spokeswoman Joanne Veto said in an email to FoxNews.com on Thursday. She did not respond to further inquiries as to whether educational materials will be disseminated to employees.

The Education Department, in a press release, said its website contains a page "that provides information on additional resources that may be helpful to the educational institutions to assist them with Constitution Day activities, and to increase knowledge about the Constitution: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/fund/guid/constitutionday.html. Educational institutions are not required to report on their Constitution Day activities to the Department."

Other federal entities did not reply to inquiries as to what educational and training materials they plan to give to their employees. Calls to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, which provides material to educate and train federal employees on the Constitution and other matters, were not returned.

President Obama recognized the day as he did last year, with a presidential proclamation released on Thursday that declares Sept. 17 as Constitution and Citizenship Day and Sept. 17 through Sept. 23 as Constitution Week.

"I encourage federal, state, and local officials, as well as leaders of civic, social, and educational organizations, to conduct ceremonies and programs that recognize our Constitution and reaffirm our rights and obligations as citizens of this great Nation," the proclamation read.


GA - Renewed motion for summary judgment filed

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On September 15, 2010, the Southern Center for Human Rights filed a renewed motion for summary judgment in Whitaker v. Perdue, asking the federal court to enjoin the “school bus stop” provision of O.C.G.A. 42-1-15, 42-1-16 as unconstitutionally vague and in violation of the substantive due process clause. The plaintiff class previously filed for summary judgment on the same issue in 2009, but the plaintiffs were asked to re-brief the issue in light of House Bill 571. You can read the brief and the statement of facts here (Brief, Statement of Facts). We do not know when the court will rule on this motion, but we will post any updates on the listserv as soon as we receive them. Finally, please note that due to our limited resources, we are not able to give legal advice about individual criminal case matters or civil matters unrelated to this lawsuit. Thank you for your understanding.

Sarah Geraghty
Southern Center for Human Rights
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Atlanta, GA 30303
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CANADA - Distributing gang rape pics online a crime

Original Article

09/17/2010

A former sex crimes investigator says anyone who posts pictures or video of the gang rape of a 16-year-old B.C. girl to the Internet, is not only re-victimizing the young woman, but committing a criminal offense.

Police say the young woman was drugged and gang-raped at a rave at a suburban Vancouver home last Friday night or early Saturday morning.

The teen, who cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was given a "date rape" drug at some point during the party in Pitt Meadows, then taken out of the house and assaulted by between five and seven youths while several others watched and at least one took photos, police say.

The pictures were distributed through social networking sites and cellphones and one 16-year-old has been arrested and charged with production of child pornography.

Retired Det.-Sgt. Dave Perry, formerly of the Toronto Police sex crimes unit, told CTV's Canada AM anyone who downloads or distributes the images could face charges.

"They're committing a criminal offense because they're making and distributing child pornography, so they are committing a criminal offense. Anyone who downloads, saves it or distributes it in anyway is the subject of a criminal charge," Perry said Friday.

The crime, and the fact it is being distributed so rapidly despite pleas from investigators, is among the worst offenses he has seen, Perry said.

"The most heinous act you can do to somebody is re-victimize them a second, third and fourth time and so on, and of course with the Internet that's exactly what's going to happen unfortunately for this poor young woman."

On Thursday during a news conference, RCMP Cpl. Jennifer Hyland said the pictures of the rape have spread like wildfire through social networking sites and cellphones, despite attempts by police and the victim's family to stop them.

Hyland said many of the youths contacted by police were defiant when asked to stop distributing the pictures.

"They continue to be reposted by other youths who are receiving them and posting them back onto various websites, including Facebook, and are being shared amongst BlackBerrys and iPhones," she said.

"It is spreading like wildfire and our attempts to stop this victim from reliving this … it's just getting worse. The more we try to tell people to take it off the more people send it and post it."

Police are interviewing several people who attended the party but noted there are "a number of youths and young adults who are not co-operating with us."

Police said there will be more arrests in the case, but could not say when.


Our Thoughts About The Sex Offender Laws

NOTE: This was written by the original author of this blog.

Introduction


When an ex-offender is forced to move from his/her home, thus having to sell it, cannot find another home within the law due to the residency "buffer" zones, get fired from their jobs due to being on the registry, cannot find a new job due to being on the registry, their husband/wife lose their jobs due to a significant other being on the registry, their children lose their friends and are harassed and bullied in school due to a family member being on the registry, thus destroying the children's lives, ex-offenders are forced into homelessness and to live under bridges, harassed by police, neighbors and probation/parole officers, have to wear "I'm a sex offender T-shirt" or have a neon green license plate on ALL their cars, have "sex offender" on their drivers license and forced to renew their licenses every year, forced from shelters during tornadoes or hurricanes, cannot give blood at some places due to being discriminated against for being on the sex offender registry, denied housing due to being on the registry, signs placed in their yards inviting harassment and ridicule from the neighbors, forced to move when the neighbors start picketing outside the ex-offenders home, the list is endless.

I THINK THIS IS CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT, BEYOND THE EXTREME!

My Position


I have spent much of a year grabbing articles off the Internet and posting them on my blog site, along with my comments. But now, I am going to write my own article here, to hopefully wake some people up and see what is going on in America by ostracizing millions of people and making it impossible for sex offenders to even breath without violating some law.

NOTE: We have also started an "Advantages & Disadvantages" blog post on the sex offender laws, and would appreciate your input as well. You can also leave a comment at the end of this page.

First, let me get this out. I do not "defend" sex offenders, but am against unconstitutional and far-reaching laws, which trample on US citizens constitutional and God given rights. If the laws were based strictly on the constitution, then I'd not have a problem with them. I am totally against ANY form of abuse to any human being. And I believe anyone who murders another human being should be in prison for the rest of their life (until they die). I do not believe in the death penalty for anyone. Also, I believe that once a person has been in and out of prison and has served their probation and parole, done everything required of them, and what was signed on the "contract" when they took the plea, none of this should be required of them, none of it. The state cannot tear up a contract like this, which they are basically doing, it's unconstitutional. Many people, if they had known they would be faced with all this, they would have NOT taken a plea deal. And the courts are very aware of this and this is why they made it retroactive; thus violating ex-post facto laws! They should be allowed to get on with their life as if nothing happened. I'm not saying for it to be removed from their record, but, the crime should be removed from public view and background checks, they should not have any more restrictions, shaming, etc. If they commit another crime, then they face a lot more punishment, like everything else is treated.

When are we going to move away from being "TOUGH ON CRIME" and move to being "SMART ON CRIME?" If you locked every single sex offender up, at this moment, or killed every one of them, do you think the problem is over? No, more will follow.

I've heard many people say "If these laws protect one child, then they are worth it!" And at the same time, if millions are tortured, it's ok. Offenders are losing their homes, jobs, families, and children and cannot find new jobs or homes due to the insanity of these laws. The families are also made into outcasts for associating with or being related to an ex-offender and their own children are harassed and bullied at schools due to a family member being an ex-offender.

I know these laws are a sensitive issue, but as all issues, they must be discussed and we must come up with a valid solution that will work. The laws, as they exist now, DO NOT WORK! People are always saying they cause unintended consequences. These laws have been on the books for years now, so nothing is unintended anymore. When are we going to set aside fear, hate, rage and anger and come up with a real solution? History has proven that these feelings NEVER get good laws passed but only create bad ones that punish and torture many people. These knee-jerk reactions to a slim number of high-profile crimes, like Adam Walsh and Jessica Lunsford, MUST STOP!

People are always citing MySpace as being a haven for sexual predators, which I don't think is true, just fear-mongering. Either way, why are they not going after all the other hundreds of social networking sites? And other sites which have adult and pornographic videos and pictures on them? You can get to a porn site in a couple seconds that does not have any verification at all and view very explicit photos. So that means your own kid can view them in a matter of seconds as well. We have been sexualizing everything. porn is rampant. Why are we not going after the .XXX domain like congress tried to get passed? In my opinion, we need to make all X-rated sites perform verification of ages before you can even enter the site and see any explicit pictures. But they do not, and are not prosecuted, why? Why are we not teaching parents the dangers and how easy it is to get to these places? Many parents are clueless when it comes to computers and what is out there. You can find stuff on hate groups, violence, sex, drugs, occult, you name it.

Children’s lives ruined forever



Do the above children not count? I have asked people that come to my blog, to post their stories for politicians, law makers and the general public to read and see the atrocities these laws are causing. You can view these here, and here.

When is possessing child porn a crime?


At the time of Jessica Lunsford’s murder, there was child porn on Mark Lunsford’s computer. Various people said "He has gone through enough; we are not pursuing the child porn but going after a murderer!" Well that is good they are doing that, but the law is the law, which he broke, so why isn't it being enforced here? Go here and read the transcripts from Court TV and various other sites about this. This link provides ample evidence about this from various news articles.

There is also the father of CoralRose, who was murdered. He had child porn on his machine and lost his daughter. Guess what? He's going to prison! So why isn't Mark Lunsford joining him?

Mark Lunsford has quoted from the bible various scriptures. Well, anybody can find something in the bible; take it out of context to suit their needs. Some of my thoughts about those bible verses here.

He has always been known to wear a jacket with a patch that says "Save a child, hang a pedophile!"  Well Mark, does that include your own son Joshua, who was charged with molesting a 14 year old child?

Mark claims to be a Christian, yet he wants Couey to die! What Bible does he read? He is nothing but a hypocrite trying to use the bible to help his point of view.

Hypocrisy in America


And what about all the corrupted officials mentioned below? Why are they being let off, slapped on the wrist and never prosecuted? Do we have JUSTICE FOR ALL or JUSTICE FOR SOME?


Now ask yourself this question.  Out of all the people busted for a sex crime above, how many do you remember seeing on the national media, news paper, or radio?  Many of them get off with a slap on the wrist, while others, who are not rich and famous, get thrown in prison.  So why do we have more than one set of laws?

And many of the above hypocrites, we are suppose to trust and allow them to protect us? I don't think so. And we expect cops to protect us? Check out more perverted cops hereYou might be shocked!

Political/sociological scapegoating


Scapegoating is an important tool of propaganda; the most famous example in recent history is the Jews being singled out in Nazi propaganda as the source of Germany's economic woes and political collapse.

Scapegoating is often more devastating when applied to a minority group as they are inherently less able to defend themselves. A tactic often employed is to characterize an entire group of individuals according to the unethical or immoral conduct of a small number of individuals belonging to that group, also known as guilt by association.

"Scapegoated" groups throughout history have included almost every imaginable group of people: adherents of different religions, people of different races or nations, people with different political beliefs, or people differing in behavior from the majority. However, scapegoating may also be applied to organizations, such as governments, corporations, or various political groups.

In industrialized societies, scapegoating of traditional minority groups is increasingly frowned upon.

Mobbing is a form of sociological scapegoating which occurs in the workplace. From At The Mercy Of The Mob A summary of research on workplace mobbing by Kenneth Westhues, Prof. of Sociology University of Waterloo, published in OHS Canada, Canada's Occupational Health & Safety Magazine, Vol. 18, No. 8, December 2002, pp. 30-36.

"Scapegoating is an effective if temporary means of achieving group solidarity, when it cannot be achieved in a more constructive way. It is a turning inward, a diversion of energy away from serving nebulous external purposes toward the deliciously clear, specific goal of ruining a disliked co-worker's life. ... Mobbing can be understood as the stressor to beat all stressors. It is an impassioned, collective campaign by co-workers to exclude, punish, and humiliate a targeted worker. Initiated most often by a person in a position of power or influence, mobbing is a desperate urge to crush and eliminate the target. The urge travels through the workplace like a virus, infecting one person after another. The target comes to be viewed as absolutely abhorrent, with no redeeming qualities, outside the circle of acceptance and respectability, deserving only of contempt. As the campaign proceeds, a steadily larger range of hostile ploys and communications comes to be seen as legitimate."

It's restrictive and not punishment!


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They say these sex offender laws are restrictive and not punitive! I say that is an outright lie!!!  If this is true, then why does everyone continue to call it punishment and punishment is all throughout the bills text?

Why don't you live in a sex offenders shoes for a couple years, then tell me that!

Consider the following:

  • Laws are retroactive in most states (violating ex post facto laws, but they pass anyway)
  • On the registry for life for most offenders (life sentence without due process of law and cruel & unusual punishment)
  • Buffer Zones (300 - 2500 feet) from where children congregate, forced from the county, state and possibly the country (eventually)
  • Lumping all sex offenders into one group (worse case)
  • Losing their job, cannot find a new job
  • Losing their house, cannot find a new house, forced out of the house by neighbors (mob mentality) or vigilantes
  • Forced into homelessness, forced to live under a bridge
  • Harassed, beaten or killed by mobs and vigilantes (Hate crime)
  • Special License Plates (Neon Pink or Green or sex Offender stamped on them), road rage incidents, ran off the road, and possibly killed, or family member borrowing the car
  • Harassment by police and sheriffs
  • Unable to attend church to worship your Lord and Savior
  • Husband or spouse harassed at their job due to being married to a sex offender
  • Husband or spouse loses their jobs due to being married to a sex offender
  • Child beaten or bullied at or away from school due to family member being a sex offender
  • Forced to close down their business due to mobs or vigilantes or being too close to some restricted place or some restricted place is being built nearby
  • Live in constant fear of vigilantes, mobs, brutality, harassment
  • Unable to sleep well, bad dreams
  • Panic attacks when the phone rings, someone knocks on the door or someone calls out your name in public
  • Losing weight due to not eating right, due to stress
  • Monitored by GPS for life
  • Have to pay insane fines to obey the laws or go back to jail/prison
  • Health problems brought on by the stress of all the laws, restrictions, etc
  • Nothing to look forward to at all
  • Loss of hope every time a new restriction is added on or increased
  • These laws violate the following Amendments of the United States Constitution:

Amendment I (freedom of religion)
Amendment IV (secure in your house)
Amendment V (double jeopardy, ex post facto, due process of law)
Amendment VI (confronting witnesses against the accused)
Amendment VII (right to a jury trial, which some are being denied)
Amendment VIII (cruel & unusual punishment)

I could go on and on and on. These laws are nothing but cruel & unusual punishment and are unconstitutional. I do not understand how the states can say they are not punishment and are constitutional, when the Bill of Rights makes this all clear. That is because we have a bunch of officials in office who apparently do not know the Bill of Rights and are not enforcing it and do not have the balls to uphold the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights and continue to violate more and more of EVERYONE'S rights.

Also, if they are not punishment, why is punishment all through the bills in most states? Take Georgia's HB-1059 for example.

Referenced Documents


I wonder how many people in office even know what these documents are.  It appears nobody knows or cares.  These laws violate every one of these documents, which this country was founded on, and they took oaths to uphold.

If these documents do not mean anything any more then why have them?  Just shred them and let’s become a communist country, which we are very close to becoming now.  When a holocaust survivor leaves the USA, you know it’s bad.

* * * STOP THE ABUSE OF THESE DOCUMENTS * * *
  1. Bill of Rights
  2. Declaration of Independence
  3. International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
  4. Georgia State Constitution – Bill of Rights
  5. United States Constitution
  6. Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Also, here is a book entitled “Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do - The Absurdity of Consensual Crimes in Our Free Country” which I recommend reading. You can also see other recommended books here.

Bill of Rights


Now I know many judges, lawyers, politicians say these laws have been upheld and passed constitutional muster, but that is because we have a corrupted government who is NOT defending the Bill of Rights and United States Constitution, period.

They are always saying it's restrictive and not punishment. I say that is a bunch of lies.

The statement from the beginning bears repeating!

When an ex-offender is forced to move from his/her home, thus having to sell it, cannot find another home within the law due to the residency "buffer" zones, get fired from their jobs due to being on the registry, cannot find a new job due to being on the registry, their husband/wife lose their jobs due to a significant other being on the registry, their children lose their friends and are harassed and bullied in school due to a family member being on the registry, thus destroying the children's lives, ex-offenders are forced into homelessness and to live under bridges, harassed by police, neighbors and probation/parole officers, have to wear "I'm a sex offender T-shirt" or have a neon green license plate on ALL their cars, have "sex offender" on their drivers license and forced to renew their licenses every year, forced from shelters during tornadoes or hurricanes, cannot give blood at some places due to being discriminated against for being on the sex offender registry, denied housing due to being on the registry, signs placed in their yards inviting harassment and ridicule from the neighbors, forced to move when the neighbors start picketing outside the ex-offenders home, the list is endless.

I THINK THIS IS CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT, BEYOND THE EXTREME!

And since these laws force the above mentioned, can they get disability money? Is the government and tax payer going to pay for their medical bills, place to stay, food, etc? Why not? You created this mess!

The following is a list of issues with these laws and the Bill of Rights.

Amendment I


Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

With the registry in existence and the current sex hysteria, anytime a person tries to even go to church, if anyone there knows the person is a sex offender, then they are denied worshiping there. So this violates the freedom to exercise ones religion.

Amendment II


A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

This is not related to these sex offender laws, but all convicted felons cannot own a gun, which I think is wrong. The above doesn't say anything about felons not to be able to own guns. If a person never committed a crime using a gun, then they should be entitled to own a gun, so they can protect themselves, especially sex offenders who are constantly harassed, beaten, etc.

Amendment IV


The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

I have read in various news articles where probation officers (and some Sheriffs') are given the power to enter a persons home anytime they want and search the house. This is in direct violation of the above. If you go to their home, you have NO RIGHT to enter their home unless you have a search warrant and the warrant says what you are there to search. Otherwise you need to stay outside, unless they invite you in. Police are always performing scare tactics to get the offender to oblige, which is an abuse of power. This goes for people on or off probation!

Amendment V


No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

sex offenders laws are being passed and being made retroactive, thus violating the "to be twice put in jeopardy." When they were sentenced, that is a contract with the state and you cannot come back years later and make a new law, making it retroactive, and punishing them again with life time registry requirements without violating this right. They are also being forced into all this without "due process of law."

Amendment VI


In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.

Many times the lawyers and DA's always try to push for a plea bargain and do not allow the accused to face their "victim." It doesn't say anywhere in the above that if the victim is a child, then this doesn't apply. If a child or an adult accuses someone of a sex crime, they have every right to hear what the victim says did or didn't happen. These people always threaten the accused of severe penalties if the victim is made to get on the stand. They are not about justice, but convictions! I've heard many lawyers and DA's admit this. This isn't justice! It's about locking people up so they can get paid and move on.

Amendment VIII


Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

By making these laws retroactive and making people register for LIFE, have to register one or more times per year, forcing people to leave their homes, lose their jobs, cannot find a new home or job, cannot attend church due to the sex offender hysteria, public humiliation due to markings on their drivers license or car tag, flyers put in the neighborhoods, articles in the papers, and also causing the husband or wife to also possibly lose their job due to their significant other being on the registry, and also their kids to be made fun of at school, lose friends, the list is endless. I think this is cruel and unusual punishment, period.

Declaration of Independence


The following is a list of excerpts from this document which I feel like is being violated.  Issues are in red.

  1. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal 
  2. That they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights


The following is a list of excerpts from this document that I feel these laws are violating.  Issues are either in red or have an explanation below each.

Part II - Article 2 - Item 1


1. Each State Party to the present Covenant undertakes to respect and to ensure to all individuals within its territory and subject to its jurisdiction the rights recognized in the present Covenant, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

Part III - Article 7


No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. In particular, no one shall be subjected without his free consent to medical or scientific experimentation.

Part III - Article 10


1. All persons deprived of their liberty shall be treated with humanity and with respect for the inherent dignity of the human person.

- Every time someone finds out you are a sex offender they deny you jobs, housing, disability benefits, Red Cross doesn’t even want your blood.  Every where you go, you are discriminated against.

3. The penitentiary system shall comprise treatment of prisoners the essential aim of which shall be their reformation and social rehabilitation. Juvenile offenders shall be segregated from adults and be accorded treatment appropriate to their age and legal status.

- In many jail systems or prisons, when a child is tried as an adult, they are placed into the same place adult offenders are, and sex offenders should be segregated from the general population since they are always attacked and victimized in jail and/or prison.  That is cruel and unusual punishment.  A majority of the time, offenders do NOT get treatment in prison.  Treatment is not done until they get out of prison, which is usually too late, and in my opinion, they should get treatment before they get out of prison.

Part III - Article 11


No one shall be imprisoned merely on the ground of inability to fulfill a contractual obligation.

- Well we all know this isn’t adhered to.  If an offender cannot pay his registration fee, which in itself is a violation of these documents, they are then hauled off to jail on a violation, and if they are homeless, same thing.  This is a direct violation of this.  How can someone be made to pay a fee to obey the law, and if they are broke or homeless, they go back to jail and/or prison for not being able to fulfill this contract?

Part III - Article 12


1. Everyone lawfully within the territory of a State shall, within that territory, have the right to liberty of movement and freedom to choose his residence.

- Buffer zones prevent this, thus violating this portion of this document.  You are forced into the country and even then, when you are living some where which is legal and the neighbors find out, they start a witch hunt to get you to move, or open a school or day care near by, forcing you to move.  So this is violating this portion of this document.

Part III - Article 14 - Item 7


7. No one shall be liable to be tried or punished again for an offense for which he has already been finally convicted or acquitted in accordance with the law and penal procedure of each country.

- These laws are made retroactive and violate this portion of the document.  Ex post facto laws are illegal based on this and the Constitution of the United States.  You cannot keep changing the rules of the game and punishing people over and over again.

Part III - Article 15 - Item 1


1 . No one shall be held guilty of any criminal offense on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a criminal offense, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time when the criminal offense was committed. If, subsequent to the commission of the offense, provision is made by law for the imposition of the lighter penalty, the offender shall benefit thereby.

- Same issue as the one above, this is an ex post facto issue and people are being punished again for a crime they have already been sentence and convicted for.  You cannot keep changing the rules of the game and adding to people’s sentences.  Like making people who were convicted before these laws were passed be subjected to life time registration, buffer zones, etc.

Part III - Article 17


1. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to unlawful attacks on his honor and reputation.

- When an offender has to have all his personal information on the Internet for all to see, register email addresses so people can harass and spam them, or use their email address to commit a crime and they get blamed for it, or when signs are placed in the offenders yards, special drivers license with some code or sex offender on it, special neon green license plates on their cares, etc, this is in direct violation of their right to privacy.

2. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

- Anytime an offender moves into a neighborhood, the police notify all the neighbors, or place signs in their yards.  This only instigates vigilantism and many offenders are constantly harassed, beaten or worse.  And when you contact the police, they take their sweet time about showing up or doing anything about it.  Most of the time they ignore you or do nothing.

Georgia State Constitution


The following is a list of issues from the Bill of Rights of the Georgia State Constitution which I feel like are being violated.

  1. Paragraph I. Life, liberty, and property. No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property except by due process of law.


  2. Offenders always have to move, over and over and over again.  Anytime a neighbor screams loud enough or a school or day care is opened up, they have to pack their bags and move.  This is harassment, cruel & unusual punishment, and in my opinion, the state should have to reimburse these people for the pain and suffering.  They are not millionaires and moving all the time costs tons of money which they do not have.

  3. Paragraph IV. Religious opinions; freedom of religion. No inhabitant of this state shall be molested in person or property or be prohibited from holding any public office or trust on account of religious opinions; but the right of freedom of religion shall not be so construed as to excuse acts of licentiousness or justify practices inconsistent with the peace and safety of the state.


  4. With the registry and church portion of the laws, one cannot go to church anymore and worship as usual.  They are now turned away when someone from the church finds out they are a sex offender.

  5. Paragraph X. Bill of attainder; ex post facto laws; and retroactive laws. No bill of attainder, ex post facto law, retroactive law, or laws impairing the obligation of contract or making irrevocable grant of special privileges or immunities shall be passed.


  6. Creating these new laws, making them retroactive, is a direct violation of ex post facto laws, thus punishing people over and over again.

  7. Paragraph XIII. Searches, seizures, and warrants. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated; and no warrant shall issue except upon probable cause supported by oath or affirmation particularly describing the place or places to be searched and the persons or things to be seized.


  8. When you have to register your email addresses, this violates the persons right to be secure in their houses.

  9. Paragraph XVII. Bail; fines; punishment; arrest, abuse of prisoners. Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted; nor shall any person be abused in being arrested, while under arrest, or in prison.


  10. These very laws are cruel and unusual punishment and sex offenders are often beaten in jail or prison.  They say these laws are not punishment, which is a total lie.  Many of the laws, if you read them, have the word punishment all throughout the text, and consider the following:

    When an ex-offender is forced to move from his/her home, thus having to sell it, cannot find another home within the law due to the residency "buffer" zones, get fired from their jobs due to being on the registry, cannot find a new job due to being on the registry, their husband/wife lose their jobs due to a significant other being on the registry, their children lose their friends and are harassed and bullied in school due to a family member being on the registry, thus destroying the children's lives, ex-offenders are forced into homelessness and to live under bridges, harassed by police, neighbors and probation/parole officers, have to wear "I'm a sex offender T-shirt" or have a neon green license plate on ALL their cars, have "sex offender" on their drivers license and forced to renew their licenses every year, forced from shelters during tornadoes or hurricanes, cannot give blood at some places due to being discriminated against for being on the sex offender registry, denied housing due to being on the registry, signs placed in their yards inviting harassment and ridicule from the neighbors, forced to move when the neighbors start picketing outside the ex-offenders home, the list is endless.

    I THINK THIS IS CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT, BEYOND THE EXTREME!

  11. Paragraph XXI. Banishment and whipping as punishment for crime. Neither banishment beyond the limits of the state nor whipping shall be allowed as a punishment for crime.


  12. Buffer zones are banishment, thus violating this portion of the document.  It says beyond the limits of the state, but in a lot of cases, they are forcing people out away from everything and only about 10% or less of the state is legal.  Many offenders are being made to live under bridges or in tents.  And also offenders are living in groups because they are only certain portions of the state they can live.  And now, from what I’ve been reading, people don’t like this, so they are trying to pass more laws to even further banish people.  This is more cruel & unusual punishment.

  13. Paragraph XXIII. Imprisonment for debt. There shall be no imprisonment for debt.


  14. If a person is homeless or becomes homeless because of these laws making them broke, they are then hauled off the jail or prison because they cannot afford the fees.



United States Constitution


The following is a list of issues with the United States Constitution and these laws.

Section 9


The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it.

This was suspended when President Bush decided to introduce his "war on terror" and it removes the right for a prisoner to seek relief from unlawful detention. Not necessarily related to sex crimes, but they are faced with the same denial.

No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.

A Bill of Attainder will allow the legislature to declare you guilty of some crime without the benefit of a trial. So they can just say you are a "terrorist" and find you automatically guilty and throw you in prison without due process of law. I've not heard of any accused sex offender having an issue with this, but it wouldn't surprise me if they did one day.

An Ex post facto law is "something done afterward", or a retroactive law. So when they make these laws and back date it to some date like July 1st, 1996, and now everyone from that point on is to be punished, like they are doing with these sex offender laws, it violates this section of the United States Constitution. The people sentenced before the registry or laws were passed, are now having to register for life and obey the new laws, which is a violation of this right!

Universal Declaration of Human Rights


The following is a list of issues from this document that I feel is being violated.  Issues are in red or comments below.

Article 3


Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

Article 5


No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment

Article 9


No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

Article 12


No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, or to attacks upon his honor and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

Article 13


(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.

Article 17


(2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.

- Offenders are being made to move, thus having to either pay for two places or sell their home.  If they were there before the ex post facto law was created, they should not have to move.  Or if a school or day care opens up.

Article 30


Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.

Online Registry


Originally the registry was only used by law enforcement and was not made available to the public on the Internet. It was still available to the public, but they had to go down to the court house to look up offenders by name. Now, due to a few high profile cases (Adam Walsh, Megan Kanka, Jessica Lunsford), the registry has been placed online for the general public to have easy access to.

The intent was so that the public could easily go to a web site, enter a persons name or address and pull up a list of sex offenders who live near by, so the public was aware and able to take the necessary steps to protect themselves. But, this has only added to the “fear factor” and has made many people scared to death of each other.

Yet, it has been proven, that people cannot handle the registry. People look up someone on the registry, and when they see the sex offenders who live near them, they start some vigilante scheme to get the neighborhood up in a panic to force the person from the place they are living, or, they throw bricks through the offenders window, damage their vehicles, burn down their homes or break into the persons home and kill them. Below are a few examples. You will notice that many were simply put on probation or sentence to 9 months in jail or something like 10 years in prison for MURDER. Murderers should be in prison for the rest of their lives, period.

Vigilantism is growing on a daily basis, and many sex offenders are being beaten, house set on fire, or killed, and I fear the more the media and politicians spread the hysteria and the more laws that are passed, the bigger this problem will get. Just check out the following links.

Murders Put Focus on sex-Offender Registry Policies
Police: sex Offender Targeted in Arson Attempt
Killings of 2 Bellingham sex offenders may have been by vigilantes
Vigilante Justice: So, is it murder?
Two men charged with beating fellow inmate to death
Father gets 9 months for killing molest suspect
Questions arise about Kocis' Legal Past
Mark Lunsford even making death threats to sex offenders
eAdvocate - On sex Offender Murders
eAdvocate - On sex Offender Suicides and Other Deaths
Deaths, Murders, Arsons, Beatings, Harassment, Suicides, etc

The registry is just another Scarlet Letter (i.e. public shaming) and does not protect anyone. It only shames the offender, their husband or wife, and also their children. The husband or wife is humiliated in public by neighbors, harassed at work and some have lost their jobs because someone in their family is a sex offender. Their children are picked on at school by bullies, and are often humiliated to the point that the parents are forced to withdrawal them from school due to the harassment.

In Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter," Hester Prynne is forced to wear a red letter 'A' on her chest after she commits adultery. Throughout the novel, she is scorned, humiliated and never given a chance to prove she has changed for the better.

Now, I’m sure this may be hard for you to understand unless you were labeled as a sex offender, but how would you like to live in fear for yours and your families lives daily from the hysteria these laws have caused? All for the sake of a couple high profile cases! The offender, their significant other and any children they may have are harassed and humiliated as well.

If we MUST have the registries, they need to be for predators only and everyone else removed from them to protect their privacy (See Registry section below). If we do not do this, it’s discrimination. To prevent discrimination, I recommend we have a CRIMINAL REGISTRY, so everyone can see all the criminals who live among them, besides, it’s the American peoples’ right to know if a murderer, gang member, drug dealer/user, thief, DUI offender live in their neighborhood, right? If it protects one child, it's worth it, right? They do not want to do this, because then we’d know all the peoples’ backgrounds of those who are running for office, if they are a drunk, thief, adulterer and we'd all live in fear for the rest of our lived, but it’s only fair, right?

Instead of creating one registry to save millions of dollars, they create many registries which waste millions of dollars. They have a National sex Offender Registry, and also each state has a sex offender registry, and in some cases, each county has their own registry. Why do we need so many registries? We could take a billion or so dollars off the American budget and put it to good use with therapy for offenders and other ways to prevent crime. But, the government is not worried about your children, they are more interested in oil in Iraq and starving people in other parts of the country. Why not help this country first?

So the American tax payers are paying for all of this, thus wasting millions and millions of dollars, when none of the laws will work in the first place.

If the zones must be enforced, and since about 100% of the sex offenders are not land surveyors, the state should make it clear where sex offenders can and cannot live. And if someone near by decides they don’t like a sex offender living near them, it’s too bad, the sex offender has just as much right as the average citizen to live there, if it's within the law. So if you do not like it, move! The sex offender has very little places they can live that are within the law, they have to live somewhere.

In Georgia for example, there is over 13,000 sex offenders and 30 are predators. So why are they passing laws punishing all 13,000 offenders when they should be monitoring 30 people? This is a major waste of money and time. All sex offenders are lumped into one group (high risk) and are all treated as if they are like John Couey. Even kids under 13 and as young as 4 are being convicted of sex crimes!!! More of this further below.

Residency Restrictions (Buffer Zones)


These so called “buffer zones” vary from state to state. They are buffer zones around places where children congregate, like bus stops (which are constantly changing), schools, libraries, parks, burger joints with play grounds, malls, movie theaters, amusement parks, then list is endless. They range from 300 feet to 2,500 feet from the above mentioned, and are measured as the crow flies, which is a straight line, from property line to property line.

The intent is good, but it will not work. This is just a “false sense” of security and does nothing to prevent another crime. The buffer zone could be 50 or 100 miles, but if an offender really was determined to commit another crime, they would either walk or drive somewhere. Also, with the offenders who must wear GPS tracking devices, where are you going to be able to walk or drive without being in violation of one of these zones? Plus GPS won't stop another crime from being committed, if the person is determined to commit another crime. This is just another "false sense" of security!

Why don’t you just make exclusion zones on where sex offenders cannot go? That makes more sense, but, it will not prevent a person from committing another crime either, if they are intent of committing another crime. Some states are making buffer zones so large, that there is not a single place in the whole state a sex offender can live, which is basically their intent anyway, banishment! So the state is basically saying, “I don’t want to deal with you, so we’ll push you out of the state, and let another state deal with it!” What would happen if all states did this? Then they’d be pushed out of the country. If this is the intent, why not just pay the sex offenders some money and I’m sure about 100% of them would be very glad to leave this country, due to what it is becoming.

It’s just another “feel good” law to make you “feel safe” when in fact it does nothing to keep you safe.

Now, consider this. If the buffer zone in your area is 1,000 feet, does it make you safe now if they are 1,001 feet away from you? Think about it!

Therapy


Almost every single prison in this country, when sex offenders are locked up, whether it is in jail or prison, they do not get therapy. None whatsoever! Why? Therapy has been proven to help a majority of sex offenders, but not all. A lot of people are in denial and do not think they need help. We need to spend more money on therapy and ways to prevent these crimes, not "feel good" laws which do nothing in the long run. You do not have to take my word for it, just call up some therapists who deal with sex offenders and I'm sure they'll tell you the same thing.

But, instead, society has become one that doesn’t want to deal with issues, they want the government to tell them what to do and they just want to lock all criminals up and forget about them. And I am talking about all criminals here, not just sex offenders. If this is true, then why don't we shred the Bill of Rights and Constitution and become a communist country now, since that is apparently what the general public wants?

This may sound harsh to some, but you could kill every single person in prison at this moment and you'd still have murderers, sex offenders, gang members, drug dealers/users, DUI offenders, thief's, etc.

It should be made mandatory that ALL criminals (who need it) get some form of therapy in prison and jail, and if they deny it, then they will stay in prison or jail. Eventually they will agree to get help. A majority of the people in prison are homeless or have some other illness. Drugs and therapy would help them, yet we just want to lock them up and forget about them, like the lepers were treated back in Jesus' time, exiled and forgotten about. There is some people in prison right this moment, who were arrested a year or more ago for some small crime like theft and haven't even seen a judge or anyone yet, a lot of illegal immigrants are treated like this.

Then you can give them the help they need after the first crime they’ve committed, by giving them the tools to change their ways and thought patterns. Yes, there is not a "cure", I'll admit that, but like alcoholics, drug users and other diseases, they can be helped. Before each person is released back into the public, they should be reviewed by a fair jury of professionals to determine if they are a risk to society still, and if so, they should be put back before the court to decide on the next steps to be taken against the offender, you cannot just throw them back into prison without due process of law. Then they stay in prison or jail until they are no longer a threat. This would reduce recidivism rates drastically. And once they are deemed not a threat, they should be allowed to live anywhere they want like any other normal citizen, and not be again punished for life with residency restrictions and be on a registry. That is totally unfair.

Right now, the review board that is suppose to review prisoners coming out of prison to determine if they are a risk and should be civilly committed, they are not doing this (not in all states that is), and this seems backwards to me. You should review the person before they are convicted to help determine the punishment for the crime, and once again before being released from prison. The review is done by a civil jury, which is unfair. With the current fear and hysteria, nobody is going to want to let a sex offender out of prison or jail at all, because they think all sex offenders are a threat, which is false! So basically the civil commitment is prison all over again without due process of law. That is why it needs to be a jury of professionals and also a couple human rights personnel.

Shaming


By having the registry, neon green license plates, wearing of an “I am a sex offender” t-shirt, signs posted in the yard or neighborhood, or being placed into the paper, this is all shaming. And by doing so, it puts major stress on the offender, their family and children due to the harassment they receive from many people.

A lot of people think shaming is a good idea and protects them, but it does not. Think back in your life, were you ever harassed or shamed? How did you like it? Didn't feel good did it?

By shaming people in this manner, it makes it impossible for them to keep a job, find a new job, find housing, etc. A lot of times it forces the husband or wife to leave them due to the stress of the situation, thus increasing the offenders stress levels. And by doing this, without any support from the public or family, the likelihood of someone re-offending increases drastically. Now how is that protecting anyone? Now the child is missing a mother or father whom they need.

It may seem like a good idea, but it’s another “feel good” issue which does nothing to protect the public and in the long run, puts them more at risk. And in a way, is another way of entertainment. Like the shaming of people on TV which everyone loves, you may be next!

How would a sign in the persons’ front yard protect anyone? Yeah, you know who they are, but, it only opens that person up to constant harassment from “friends”, neighbors and anyone else who may be passing by. If a person who had a sign in their yard really wanted to commit another crime, this will not stop them.

The same goes for the neon green license plates and GPS. It’s just more public humiliation. Many families can only afford one car, so what if the husband, wife or children were driving the car and some vigilante seen the green neon plate and harassed them, ran them off the road, or worse? Then what?

If a person, who had the plate, really wanted to commit another crime, all they would have to do is walk, ride a bicycle or borrow another car. Even if they drove the car with the plate, do you think if they pulled up next to a child, that child would walk behind the car to see if the plate was neon green? Does this give the kids the impression that if the plate is not neon green, it’s ok to ride with that person?

Legislation


Children are good ploys to get votes and that is why you always hear of someone passing a law in a child’ name. They know if a child’ name is attached to it, nobody will vote against it. They could deny you the right to bear arms by attaching some child’ name to it whom was killed by a gun and you would vote for it, besides, if it protects one child, it’s worth it, right?

But, while they are protecting one child, they are ruining thousands more. Here is a couple examples, which I'm sure will shock you.

Child sexual Offenders
8 Year Old Charged For sexual Conduct
Evil In The USA
sexually Aggressive Children
Underage sex - Authorities Grapple With
War on Toddlerism
Young Boy Faces Rape Allegation
Young Lives Destroyed

Also, why do you think you always see people running for some office, have their children on the commercial or stage with them? It’s so you will see the children and think they are great, are doing it for the children, so you will vote for them and makes their wallets fatter. Follow the money trail.

Can’t you see this? Eventually they will attach some kids name to a bill which violates one of your rights. Then I’ll bet you see my point of view.

In my opinion it should be illegal to attach some child’ name to a bill.

Housing


People are being evicted from their homes which they have bought and paid for and lived in for many years, most since childhood. And when they are evicted, it is nearly impossible to find another place which is within the law. Almost 99% of hotels, motels and lodges have swimming pools, which a sex offender can not be around, so those are off limits. Some states say you cannot be XX feet from a bus stop. Bus stops are constantly changing; therefore sex offenders will constantly have to move over and over and over again. With the buffer zones being enforced, almost 80% or more of the county or state is off limits. They have to live somewhere. Just look at Florida, they are forcing many offenders to live under a bridge. This is just so wrong.

Also, now, when someone goes to get another place to stay, that person who owns the house or runs the hotel or motel, look the person up on the sex offender registry, and the person is then denied. This is discrimination. You cannot deny someone from living somewhere because of their race, sex, religion or criminal history. Yeah, I know, sex offenders do not fit this agenda, but it's still illegal. But it’s being done on a daily basis.

If you don’t want them “in your backyard” then the state should pay for a place for them to stay. Or pay for them a plane ticket and enough money to leave this country. I’m sure every one of them would leave in a heart beat.

Housing prices will also drop due to a sex offender(s) living in the neighborhood and nobody wants to buy a home near a sex offender. People will not be able to sell their homes either and their house value will drop. So, the neighborhood bitches and screams until they person is forced to move, or, if they stay, they are harassed and/or beaten, or killed.
Also, if a sex offender is mentally ill like many people say, where are their disability checks? Do they get tax breaks due to not being able to use the parks, live in hotels, motels, etc? If not, why not?

Employment


Anytime you go to get a new job and fill out an application for employment, there is this little box which asks if you’ve ever been convicted of a felony. Most sex offenders leave that empty, because they know if you say yes, you will be denied a job.

So the above makes it almost impossible to find any job. And if they do find a job, then it’s some job which barely pays enough to even live by.

For people who are currently employed, many employers now, due to the hysteria, are doing background checks. Once the background check is done, and they know you are a sex offender, you will almost 100% of the time lose your job, unless you have a boss who is willing to work with you, which is rare. I know of one person who was a programmer for 11 years and their boss knew everything about them, but when the company was bought out, the new owner did background checks, and this person lost a highly paid job, which had nothing to do with children at all. This is total discrimination.

Myths, Facts & Statistics


The links below are to various sites which explain to you the facts about sex offenders. I do not personally agree with 100% of these, but they are provided for your education.

Since the media and politicians do not use the facts and distort the truth, how can they really expect the public to act rationally when they are given lies? Oh I forgot, they do that because fear and hysteria bring more ratings and more money. So hopefully these links will open your eyes.

You can find state specific studies here.  And more recidivism studies here.


And here is a quick extract from the Department of Justice web site.

Child Victimizers

  • Approximately 4,300 child molesters were released from prisons in 15 States in 1994. An estimated 3.3% of these 4,300 were rearrested for another sex crime against a child within 3 years of release from prison.
  • Among child molesters released from prison in 1994, 60% had been in prison for molesting a child 13 years old or younger.
  • Offenders who had victimized a child were on average 5 years older than the violent offenders who had committed their crimes against adults. Nearly 25% of child victimizers were age 40 or older, but about 10% of the inmates with adult victims fell in that age range.

Recidivism

  • Of the 272,111 persons released from prisons in 15 States in 1994, an estimated 67.5% were rearrested for a felony or serious misdemeanor within 3 years, 46.9% were re-convicted, and 25.4% re-sentenced to prison for a new crime.
  • The 272,111 offenders discharged in 1994 accounted for nearly 4,877,000 arrest charges over their recorded careers.
  • Within 3 years of release, 2.5% of released rapists were rearrested for another rape, and 1.2% of those who had served time for homicide were arrested for a new homicide.
  • sex offenders were less likely than non-sex offenders to be rearrested for any offense –– 43 percent of sex offenders versus 68 percent of non-sex offenders.
  • sex offenders were about four times more likely than non-sex offenders to be arrested for another sex crime after their discharge from prison –– 5.3 percent of sex offenders versus 1.3 percent of non-sex offenders.

sex Offenders

  • On a given day in 1994 there were approximately 234,000 offenders convicted of rape or sexual assault under the care, custody, or control of corrections agencies; nearly 60% of these sex offenders are under conditional supervision in the community.
  • The median age of the victims of imprisoned sexual assaulters was less than 13 years old; the median age of rape victims was about 22 years.
  • An estimated 24% of those serving time for rape and 19% of those serving time for sexual assault had been on probation or parole at the time of the offense for which they were in State prison in 1991.
  • Of the 9,691 male sex offenders released from prisons in 15 States in 1994, 5.3% were rearrested for a new sex crime within 3 years of release.
  • Of released sex offenders who allegedly committed another sex crime, 40% perpetrated the new offense within a year or less from their prison discharge.

Media


The media, as well as uneducated politicians are to blame for the “sex hysteria” which has whipped the public into a panic. Now, anytime a man is seen with young children, even if they do not have anything bad in mind, people freak out and call the cops, thus wasting law enforcements time on checking into stuff and making sure someone is or isn’t a sex offender.

They constantly demonize sex offenders so it’s easier to hate them and get laws passed, or for vigilante justice.
The media is constantly throwing out statistics without providing sources to those statistics. Anybody can throw out some numbers to scare people and bring them more ratings and money. You can look at the Bureau of Justice web site (or above) to see statistics from a 1994 study, or other sites with facts about sex offenders (some above), and you will see what they are saying is incorrect. It brings more viewers and more ratings, thus more money. The intent is good, but when you do not have the true statistics, you make things look worse than they really are. Children are abducted by strangers, but the overall “stranger danger” is a myth. Most sexual related crimes that involve children occur by someone the child knows, like a family member or close friend. Just look.

The media is always using the words sex offender, predator, child molester and pedophile as if they all mean the same thing. The label "sex offender" covers many different kinds of people, like people urinating behind a building, due to a bathroom not being nearby, or the restroom is occupied. People who also streak in public, like football or tennis matches are now being labeled a sex offender. Also mooning will get you labeled a sex offender. Young children, playing doctor, like a 8 year old and a 10 year old, are being labeled a sex offender, or, a 15 year old and a 18 year old who are both willing partners in sex, when later someone finds out and the parents call the police, now the kids life is ruined and he’ll be a sex offender for life.

Here are a couple examples:

ETAY: Personal Stories
LiveLeak - I'm 15 and I've slept with over 300 men
The taboo of child-on-child abuse
sexually agressive children
Kids - Just the latest target of a corrupt system
Examples of children registered as sex offenders

Other Comments



  • When will people ever realize no matter how tough on crime, all the zero tolerance, all the registries in the world will not prevent a murderer from murdering, a thief from stealing, a dealer from dealing, a user from using, a rapist from raping? Accusations on any sex crime, child abuse, or domestic violence will literally nail your butt to the wall! No DNA has to be present, no violence has to be present and HEARSAY ALONE IS LITERALLY NAILING THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE TO THE WALL BECAUSE OF THE BIASNESS IN THE LAWS.
  • We need to not group all sex offenders into one group as if they are all like John Couey. They are not all the same and sex crimes cover a wide range of offenses.

Definitions


I would suggest that the media, politicians and public read these to find out what they mean. Everyone uses the terms sex offender, sex predator, pedophile and child molester as if they all mean the same thing. They do not mean the same. So read and learn.

Bill of attainder, Child Molestation, Cruel and unusual punishment, Defamation (Slander & Libel), Due Process, Ephebophilia, Ex post facto, Exhibitionism, False dilemma, Freedom of association, Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Speech, Frotteurism, Habeas Corpus, Hate Crimes, Incest, Miranda Rights, Paraphilia, Pedophilia, Probable Cause, Rape, Restorative Justice, Search Warrant, sexual Harassment, sexual Offender, sexual Predator, Unintended consequence, Vigilante

Videos


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Possible Solutions


I personally think that if we implemented the below, life would be better on everyone. No matter how many laws you pass, it will NOT prevent a future crime, that is a proven fact.

  • If we must keep the online registry, then only those who are deemed high-risk should be on the registry, all others should be removed from the online portion of the registry. I’d rather see the registry be removed off line completely, but I know that will not occur. The reason is due to harassment the high-risk offenders will be enduring. Let the police monitor it, like it was before. Every 5 or 10 years, the high-risk offenders should be allowed to be re-evaluated to determine if they are still a high-risk, and if not, then they should be allowed to go before the court and petition the court to be taken off the registry. Low and medium risk offenders, who are off the online registry, but on the registry monitored by law enforcement, should be allowed every year or two to petition the court to be re-evaluated and re-categorized or removed from the registry and restrictions all together, but nobody, even violent predators should be punished for life.  I also think, if we must have a registry, we really just need a general registry for all violent crimes, like murder, DUI, drugs, high-risk sex offenders. I think the public has a right to know about these folks as well as sex offenders.  But again, I think if society knew about all these people, everyone would live in a constant state of fear, which is not good.
  • Instead of making buffer zones, designate places sex offenders cannot go to. This way, at least they can walk or drive without violating some law. The buffer zones do not work, and make it impossible to find a place to live that is within the law. You can also make it so they cannot loiter, or cruise around these places. But simply driving by is fine. The buffer zones also force many into homelessness or to go underground, or unable to live with family where support is, and endangers society. You cannot just say “any place kids congregate”, this is far and wide, and you need to designate places offenders cannot go, do not leave it up to them to guess if something is legal or not. The law should tell you where you cannot go so there is no question about it.
  • Therapy should be mandatory in prison and jail for ALL criminals deemed to need it. If they do not get the treatment, then they will remain in prison or jail. Before they get out of prison or jail, they need to be fairly evaluated by a professional staff of a couple therapists, DOJ staff and a human rights worker. And if they are deemed a high-risk still, then they should be allowed to go before the court again and get another trial to determine what the new sentence is to be. If they are not a high-risk, then they should be let free to be able to live their life as any other citizen and without the constant monitoring for life.
  • For people who go to prison for any sexual crime toward a child, they should be segregated from the general population. Otherwise, they will be harassed, beaten and possibly killed, and I’m sure everyone is aware of this. Also young offenders should be separated from older offenders so more victims are not created.
  • GPS should only be placed on high-risk offenders. GPS is very expensive and most offenders are poor and cannot afford to pay the extensive fees associated with GPS. This would save a lot of money and time, due to having to only monitor a couple offenders instead of thousands. Also, if the public wants GPS on offenders, then the public should pay for it. Why should the offender be made to pay to obey the law?
  • This is not all my suggestions!  Many are talked about in this entire document!

Famous Quotes




    • They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
    • Even peace may be purchased at too high a price.
    • The man who trades freedom for security does not deserve nor will he ever receive either.
    • The strictest law sometimes becomes the severest injustice.
    • Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.
    • Half a truth is often a great lie.
    • Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.
    • Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.


    • Our principles are founded on the immovable basis of equal right and reason.
    • An equal application of law to every condition of man is fundamental.
    • The most sacred of the duties of a government is to do equal and impartial justice to all its citizens.
    • The best principles of our republic is secure to all its citizens a perfect equality of rights.
    • What is true of every member of the society, individually, is true of them all collectively; since the rights of the whole can be no more than the sum of the rights of the individuals.
    • I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
    • Laws abridging the natural right of the citizen should be restrained by rigorous constructions within their narrowest limits.


    • The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.
    • If you tell a lie long enough, loud enough and often enough the people will believe it.
    • People are more likely to believe a big lie than a small one.


    • A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, its the only thing that ever has.


    • The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.
    • I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.
    • These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people
    • If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six hours sharpening my ax
    • The time comes upon every public man when it is best for him to keep his lips closed.
    • I am a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn't have the heart to let him down...
    • Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
    • The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.
    • Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
    • To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men
    • America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.

Final Thoughts


We must put aside anger, fear and hate and think rationally and logically to come up with solutions that last, not have "knee-jerk" reactions to violent crimes and pass 100 more laws that will not work!  Please consider what I have mentioned.  Be SMART on crime.  Being TOUGH on crime, history has proven it will not work!

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